Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Live

San Francisco's Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC) follows up its first three studio albums with Live, a record made over various live shows in support of its third record, Baby 81. BRMC has had a tumultuous run since its self-titled debut in 2000 that has included a drummer leaving, returning, then leaving again; battles with a major label (dropped by Virgin after one release); and a total change in musical direction from the first record to the second, then back again, essentially, for the third.

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If this recording is any indication, BRMC has thrived with adversity. The set list is a perfect blend from all three albums, from the noise-inspired indie growl of the first track, the mellow Americana-influenced flavor of "Howl," and the more straight ahead rock of "Baby 81." The songs flow smoothly from one to another, presenting a set of music that never starts to sound the same from song to song. The included DVD of the live set, filmed mostly in black and white, lends a bit of noir to the band's moody proceedings.

For fans of BRMC, Live is a must have. For people interested in checking them out, it's a great place to start.

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